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Welcome to Science Next Door, Fermilab’s monthly community newsletter. Once a month, we’ll give you the rundown about what’s happening here at the laboratory and provide information about our public events. If you would prefer not to receive this newsletter, you can click the "unsubscribe" button below. Thank you!
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Kids of all ages welcome at Fermilab’s Family Open House on Feb. 8 from 1-5 p.m.

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The annual Family Open House is one of the most popular events here at Fermilab. This year, in addition to the hands-on science exhibits and demonstrations that have become the hallmark of the Open House, there are plenty of new attractions that will be fun and educational for the whole family.

The Open House is a celebration of science as approachable, understandable and fun. Organized by Fermilab’s Education Office, the event includes shows by Jerry "Mr. Freeze" Zimmerman, who will demonstrate the (very) cool effects of liquid nitrogen, as well as hands-on science exhibits geared toward teaching kids the basics of physics. The atrium of Wilson Hall will be transformed into a physics carnival, with some exhibits created by students at four local high schools: Naperville Central, St. Charles East, Glenbard South in Glen Ellyn and Carl Sandburg High in Orland Park.

For the first time, Fermilab’s brand-new operations center — which many of the lab’s experiments are controlled — will be accessible during the Open House. There will be operators working, all of whom will be ready to answer questions about the experiments they are monitoring. Tours will be offered of the linear accelerator and main control room throughout the day, as well as special tours to see the Muon g-2 electromagnet (which was transported from New York in 2013) and the DZero detector on the Tevatron ring. More details and registration for the tours can be found on the website.

The Open House will also coincide with the Art@CMS exhibit in the Fermilab Art Gallery. This exhibit includes a life-size 2-D reproduction of the five-story-high CMS detector (located at CERN in Switzerland) attached to the balconies in Wilson Hall. No registration is required to attend the Open House, and it is open to all ages. More information is available online.
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Photo column spacer Arts Series: Cirque Zuma Zuma – Feb. 7, 7 p.m.
If your Saturday night could use some breathtaking excitement, we have the show for you. Described as an African-style Cirque du Soleil, Cirque Zuma Zuma is an acrobatic tour through many different types of African culture. Attendees will see a bevy of athletic delights, including contortionists, jugglers, South African gumboot dancers, Zuma Zuma acrobats, chair handstand performers from Tanzania, Gabonese tumblers and the African Lion Dance, all to the rhythms of percussionists from Zimbabwe. This show promises non-stop amazement and fun for the whole family. Tickets are available online.
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Photo column spacer Art@CMS Exhibit in the Fermilab Art Gallery – Talk and Reception, Feb. 4, 4-7 p.m.
Art has a way of reaching audiences that science on its own cannot. It speaks in a beautiful figurative language that can communicate difficult concepts in simpler, more visual ways. That’s the thinking behind Art@CMS, a collective of artists inspired by (and working with) the CMS experiment on the Large Hadron Collider. A selection of work from Art@CMS will be on display at the Fermilab Art Gallery from Feb. 4 to April 22, and the show will kick off on Wednesday, Feb. 4 with a talk at 4 p.m. and a reception from 5-7 p.m. The exhibit will include a life-size 2-D reproduction of the five-story-high CMS detector. There will also be a workshop and an exhibit at Water Street Studios in Batavia, with a reception there on Saturday, Feb. 25. All Art@CMS events are free. More information is available online.
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Photo column spacer Arts Series: Caladh Nua, Direct from Ireland – Feb. 28, 8 p.m.
Caladh Nua is Irish music at its best. The quintet is a tightly knit, vibrant and staggeringly talented band with origins deeply rooted in the southern counties of Ireland. They play a variety of acoustic instruments and come armed with an extensive repertoire of traditional tunes. The band has played around the globe to an ever-expanding audience. This special pre-St. Patrick’s Day show will put you in the spirit. Tickets and information are available online.
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Photo column spacer Fermilab scientists featured in PBS NOVA documentary on the Large Hadron Collider
NOVA: Big Bang Machine
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Photo column spacer Fermilab’s MINERvA experiment yields interesting result
Space Daily: Neutrinos can deliver not only full-on hits but also "glancing blows"
Futurity: Why neutrino "bullets" don’t pop "bubbles"
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Photo column spacer Local artist displays work inspired by Fermilab neutrino research
Downtown Auroran: Artist explores Fermilab research at Water Street Studios solo exhibit
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Contact Info
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row spacer Call 630-840-3351 or email fermilab@fnal.gov with questions. Free public tours are offered every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. The Fermilab site is open for visitors every day from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wilson Hall's 15th-floor viewing area and art gallery are open to the public Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and the 15th-floor area is also open on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. row spacer
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Calendar

English Country Dancing FREE
Sun., Feb. 1, 2-5 p.m.

Habitat Workday FREE
Mon., Feb. 2, 1-3 p.m.

DZero and Tevatron Tour FREE
Tue., Feb. 3, 1:30 p.m.
Ages 14 and up
THIS EVENT IS FULL

Scottish Country Dancing FREE
Tue., Feb. 3, 7:30-10 p.m.

Get to Know Fermilab Guided Tour FREE
Wed., Feb. 4, 10:30 a.m.
Ages 10 and up

Colloquium: Art@CMS FREE
Wed., Feb. 4, 4 p.m.

Artist Reception: Art@CMS FREE
Wed., Feb. 4, 5-7 p.m.

Kingnut Woods Workday FREE
Thu., Feb. 5, 9-11:30 a.m.

International Folk Dancing FREE
Thur., Feb. 5, 7:30-10 p.m.

Science Adventure: Nanotech Investigations
Sat., Feb. 7, 9:30 a.m.
Grades 4-6
THIS EVENT IS FULL

Get to Know Lederman Science Center FREE
Sat., Feb. 7, 10 a.m.
Ages 10 and up

Arts & Lecture Series: Cirque Zuma Zuma
Sat., Feb. 7, 7 p.m.

Family Open House FREE
Sun., Feb. 8, 1-5 p.m.

Barn Dance
Sun., Feb. 8, 6:30 p.m.

Habitat Workday FREE
Mon., Feb. 9, 1-3 p.m.

Scottish Country Dancing FREE
Tue., Feb. 10, 7:30-10 p.m.

Get to Know Fermilab Guided Tour FREE
Wed., Feb. 11, 10:30 a.m.
Ages 10 and up

Big Woods South Workday FREE
Thu., Feb. 12, 9-11:30 a.m.

International Folk Dancing FREE
Thu., Feb. 12, 7:30-10 p.m.

Science Adventure: Snow Crystals
Sat., Feb. 14, 9 a.m.
Grades K-5

Barn Dance
Sun., Feb. 15, 2 p.m.

Indian Creek Woods Workday FREE
Sun., Feb. 15, 2-4 p.m.

Gallery Chamber Series – Callipygian Players
Sun., Feb. 15, 2:30 p.m.

Habitat Workday FREE
Mon., Feb. 16, 1-3 p.m.

Education Center Woods Volunteer Day FREE
Tue., Feb. 17, Noon-2 p.m.

Scottish Country Dancing FREE
Tue., Feb. 17, 7:30-10 p.m.

Get to Know Fermilab Guided Tour FREE
Wed., Feb. 18, 10:30 a.m.
Ages 10 and up

Kingnut Woods Workday FREE
Thu., Feb. 19, 9-11:30 a.m.

International Folk Dancing FREE
Thu., Feb. 19, 7:30-10 p.m.

Big Woods Volunteer Day FREE
Sat., Feb. 21, 9 a.m.-noon

Science Adventure: Friction Unleashed
Sat., Feb. 21, 9:30 a.m.
Grades 2-3

Habitat Workday FREE
Mon., Feb. 23, 1-3 p.m.

Scottish Country Dancing FREE
Tue., Feb. 24, 7:30-10 p.m.

Get to Know Fermilab Guided Tour FREE
Wed., Feb. 25, 10:30 a.m.
Ages 10 and up

Big Woods South Workday FREE
Thu., Feb. 26, 9-11:30 a.m.

International Folk Dancing FREE
Thu., Feb. 26, 7:30-10 p.m.

Science Adventure: Lego Engineering Juniors
Sat., Feb. 28, 9:30 a.m.
Grades 3-5

Arts & Lecture Series: Caladh Nua
Sat., Feb. 28, 8 p.m.

COMING IN MARCH

Arts & Lecture Series: US Army Field Band Jazz Ambassadors FREE
Sun., Mar. 8, 2:30 p.m.

Lecture Series: Why Don’t We Get More Cancer
Fri., Mar. 13, 8 p.m.

Wonders of Science Show
Sun., Mar. 15, Noon

Tom Skilling Tornado Seminar FREE
Sat., Mar. 28, Noon and 6 p.m.

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